Wow! What an overwhelming night! First, I have to honor our Seniors. They have been dedicated and proven to be leaders on and off of the field this year. Sierra Brookes, Summer Dix, Shea Fordham, Breezy Strohmetz, Maurice Clark, Jordan Cook, Jaye Moye, Seth Palmer and Jake Ruffin all represented the 2013 Dodge County High School (DCHS) soccer teams with unparalleled style this year. They were honored by their teammates and parents at “Senior Night” on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
As a token of appreciation, the soccer booster club presented them with yard signs that were signed by their teammates and jerseys with their name and number on it. We wish you well in your future endeavors.
The Lady Indians were excited and ready to play Jefferson County for their final regular season game. The entire game was a nail biter with our offensive players, taking shots and goal and barely missing. There were many great shots including one from Nikki Miller that you just can’t understand how it didn’t go in. Other great shots were by Aja Murray, Strohmetz, Brookes and Claire Peacock. Our offense was on fire and doing their best to one up Jefferson County.
The defenders were equally impressive in the way that they were able to steal the ball away from Jefferson’s offense and return the ball back to our offense. Taylor Hall and Hannah Jones were on their a-game and getting really aggressive with their returns. You could tell that they meant that they were serious about winning this last game of regular season. At half time the score was zero to zero.
The girls went into the second half looking as good if not better than they did at the beginning of the game. Unfortunately, with five minutes left in the game, Jefferson County got an unexpected goal out of nowhere that made the Lady Indians even more determined to win. Brooke Best, our goalkeeper, was in top form blocking and diving with every shot that came her way. Samantha Campbell put her body into blocking the Jefferson County offense from getting the ball down the field. They played this game heart and soul but couldn’t make their awesome shots connect with the goal. They took a loss of one to zero.
The Lady Indians moved on to play in the playoffs however. They will be traveling to north Georgia on Thursday, May 2, 2013 to compete. Make sure and wish your Lady Indians the best when you see them. They have played a hard season.
For the first time in Dodge County High School history, coach Sheila Honeycutt has led the Indians to a region championship. We are all so proud of her dedication and willingness to come out year after year with the boy’s soccer team.
With the knowledge of finishing in first place or second place in region, depending on a win or a loss, the Indians took the field last Tuesday night against Jefferson County. The boys were pumped up and adrenaline was flowing out of every vein. You could feel it in the way they were performing during warm-ups and in the air. It was contagious!
Kick off to begin the game was by Hunter Augins and Jordan Cook. It didn’t take long for one of our senior captains, Cook, to start the scoring game. Within three minutes, the ball was passed to Cook and he did a spectacular job of dribbling the ball down the field to take on the opposing goalkeeper. The keeper couldn’t compete when Cook shot the ball and came away with a lead of one to zero.
Our defensive player, Darrien Carr, took control of the ball when Jefferson tried to set up for a goal. Carr passed the ball to Cole Honeycutt, who passed to Jake Ruffin. Ruffin, also a senior, took a nice long shot for a surprise goal, giving Dodge a two to zero lead.
It was back to center field for another kick off and this time Dodge got a tough penalty call which resulted in Jefferson County getting a free penalty kick. Jefferson got their one and only goal of the night, but just barely.
Our outstanding goalkeeper, Greg Pittman, made a dive and just missed knocking the ball out of the net. Pittman took this one goal to heart and refused to let anymore of Jefferson’s attempts at goal come to fruition.
Palmer and Moye, co-captains, took turns returning the ball from defense to offense time and time again Tuesday night. They managed to get the ball to Mitch Tanner who scored goal number three for Dodge.
The final goal of the night belonged to Augins. He dribbled the ball and went one on one with the goalkeeper and sank the ball into the corner net making the final score four to one.
Players of the week were Jordan Cook and Breezy Strohmetz.
Every one of our Indians came ready to play and it paid off.
Each player should be proud of himself or herself. For 90 hard played minutes, the DCHS Indians dominated the field and it led to a region championship.
The boys have a home field advantage and will play on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Come out and support the soccer team.